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    Angry KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    After today's update of Kubuntu 8.10, not only it changed desktop and widgets won't work anymore but I could not move or close any open application, my keyboard is also not working anymore (only in the login window and firefox it works) also I could not write anything in the terminal window anymore.................

    How could I possibly fix it?

    should I go back to KDE 4.1?

    And how can I do this without terminal?
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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    A similar thing happened to me with this update. I've got mine back running fine, but some are still working on it in this thread. Apparently the KDE 4.2 update removed some packages it was supposed to update.

    Can you do a CTRL-ALT-F1 to get a terminal? It also sounds like you lost your window decorations.

    If your update stopped with an error partway thru, be sure to do a
    Code:
    sudo apt-get -f install
    to finish it up (if you can type anything).

    Also do as many 'sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade' as it takes to install all pending updates.

    If your keyboard is totally not working though, you may have to go to Applications | System | Adept Manager, and sift thru the packages there to install whatever KDE 4.2 packages may be missing.

    I'd especially check for missing 'libkdecorations4' and 'kdeplasma-addons' packages in your case.

    Also, there is the virtual keyboard, 'kbkvd' (under Applications | Utilities) you might want to try.

    If you can get a working terminal & keyboard, head over to the above listed thread for info on how to figure out what other KDE 4.2 packages are still missing.

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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    As a test, I upgraded another machine to 4.2 and ended up in the exact situation as you: no window decorations, no keyboard, no widgets, etc. I got it all working though, by doing the following:


    Type CTRL-ALT-F1 (log in)

    then type the following lines in order:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
      (it will ask you if its solution is OK) -- type 'Y'
    sudo shutdown -r 0
    The last command reboots your machine.

    After the reboot, all was peachy and in KDE 4.2.

    Hope this works as well for you.

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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Quote Originally Posted by myrddinemrys View Post
    As a test, I upgraded another machine to 4.2 and ended up in the exact situation as you: no window decorations, no keyboard, no widgets, etc. I got it all working though, by doing the following:


    Type CTRL-ALT-F1 (log in)

    then type the following lines in order:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
      (it will ask you if its solution is OK) -- type 'Y'
    sudo shutdown -r 0
    The last command reboots your machine.

    After the reboot, all was peachy and in KDE 4.2.

    Hope this works as well for you.
    Thanks myrddinemrys, but it's a no go for me.

    After doing the update as you told, I restarted my machine, logged in and then it stopped at the third icon (the blue globe) when KDE 4 is loading.

    After a while a got this message; "The following installation problem was detected while trying to start KDE: No write access to '/home/spacegypsy/.ICEauthority
    KDE unable to start."
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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Check freespace on your hard drive; go to a VT and type in:
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    df -h
    Chances are you may have a partition full from the big download. If so, just "apt-get clean" should fix.

    If that's not it, try removing ~/.ICEauthority (KDE recreates it on login, it doesn't store any meaningful data).

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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Kubuntu is on the sda3 patition, looks like I got stille place enough.
    Screenshot--dev-sda - GParted.png

    I'll try to remove the file

    Ctrl-Alt-F1 at login

    Code:
    sudo rm /home/spacegypsy/.ICEauthority
    if I'm wright?
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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Yep, that's it.

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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Ok, I managed to log in.

    But the problems still persist, no window decorations, no keyboard, no widgets, etc.
    quad boot Debian Lenny 64bit / Kubuntu 9.10 64bit / Ubuntu Studio 8.04 64bit / Windows Vista on Medion Akoya P7300 D Nvidia Geforce 9600 gt

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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Were you using kwin as the window manager in 4.1, or something else like compiz?

    You might try renaming the .kde folder to .kde-old to default your settings. Don't delete it. Or you could try to create a new user account just to test if it's a setting in your config that's messing it up.

    If you can, post the contents of ~/.xsession-errors too.

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    Re: KDE 4.2 messed almost everything up

    Indeed compiz is installed.

    I'll try your solutions later (probably in the weekend).

    Lack of time for the moment
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